Adapted Digital Assessments

 

Who can use digital papers?

Pupils who are placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' with the usual 'published assessment arrangements'.

They are for learners who:

  • have difficulty with reading ordinary exam papers,
  • or with writing or recording responses.

For these pupils, the school can apply to the SQA to use 'Assessment Arrangements' for disabled candidates and/or those identified as having ASN.

A key part of this is ensuring schools meet their duties under the equality act 2010.

How many pupils are using them?

In 2016, there were:

  • 4,802 requests for digital papers for 2,057 candidates.

Over half the schools in Scotland now use digital papers.

What do digital papers look like?

There are 2 types of digital paper:

  • 'Question and answer' digital papers
  • 'Question only' digital papers
  • 'Question and answer' papers
    PDF file with answer boxes so that candidates can type their answers (on screen).
  • 'Question only' papers
    Supplied with 'Digital answer booklets' so that candidates can type their answers (on screen).
 

How easy are they to implement?

  • 1. The school applies to the SQA to use digital papers.
  • 2. SQA sends digital papers on CD (some weeks in advance) and/or the school
    downloads them from SQA's secure site on the day of the examination.
  • 3. Digital papers can then be setup on...
    • A computer with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a text reader;
    • or an iPad (various apps).
  • 4. On the day of the exam, school staff load the the digital papers (and answer booklets, if required) on to a computer or iPad.
  • 5. Completed digital papers and answer booklets are printed off and sent to the SQA to be marked.